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May 30, 2004

TSA Chief Urges Extra Caution From Pilots

The head of the Transportation Security Administration on Friday offered high praise for AOPA's Airport Watch and the association's efforts to keep pilots alert to possible threats.

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AA Flight Attendant Arrested for Bomb Threat

The Associated Press is reporting that an American Airlines flight attendant has been arrested and charged with a criminal bomb threat that resulted in the diversion of an AA flight to Nashville.

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Unique Frasca Sim Coming To Seattle School

The Galvin Flight School will be taking delivery of a custom-configured Frasca 142 simulator in early June 2004, the only one of its kind.

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News-Spy: Airbus Rolls Out A380 Airframe

News Spy J. sent us the following image of the rollout of the Airbus A380 airframe out of a hangar which most likely is located in Toulouse, France. He also included a one-of-a-kind caption which quite frankly, given the relative size of the humans carefully guiding the aircraft out of its temporary nest, seems very appropriate...

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New Mexico TFR: TFN

NOTAM:  4/4817  Issued:  05/29/2004 18:33  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  NM  Facility:  ZAB - ALBUQUERQUE (ARTCC),NM.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  OJO-SARCO, NM.

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Arizona TFR: TFN

NOTAM:  4/4804  Issued:  05/28/2004 21:36  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  AZ  Facility:  ZAB - ALBUQUERQUE (ARTCC),NM.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  CANELO, AZ

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Florida TFR: TFN

NOTAM:  4/4818  Issued:  05/29/2004 21:12  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  FL  Facility:  ZJX - JACKSONVILLE (ARTCC),FL.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  UMATILLA, FL.

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Aero-News Quote of the Day (05.30.04)

"Through the Airport Watch program, your folks at airports have the ability to call about anything they see that is untoward or unusual that might help us. There is no additional emerging heightened awareness for the Memorial Day weekend I can provide, other than this is a three-day period with many events. Pilots should keep their eyes open for anything unusual." Source: TSA Acting Administrator David Stone, commenting on the effectiveness of AOPA's Airport Watch program, and urging pilots to exercise extra caution during the heightened threat period of the Memorial Weekend.

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AD (CASA): Socata TBM 700

AD/TBM 700/34 Pilot Seat & Front Passenger Seat 7/2004 DM Applicability: Model TBM 700 C2 aircraft. Model TBM 700 C1 aircraft with option OPT 70 01-029 “Provision for T700C2” Requirement: Action in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of EADS Socata Alert Service Bulletin No. 70-121. Note: DGAC Emergency AD UF-2004-069 refers. Compliance: Before the next flight after 2 June 2004, and during each subsequent seat adjustment after 2 June 2004. This Airworthiness Directive becomes effective on 2 June 2004. Background: A case of pilot seat unlocking occurred during a test flight at the manufacturer’s facility. It was determined t

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AD (CASA): Britten-Norman BN2 Islander

AD/BN-2/82 Elevator Final Drive Rod 7/2004 DM Applicability: All Model BN2, BN2A, BN2B, BN2T, BN2T-4R, and BN2T-4S series Islander aircraft. Requirement: Inspect the internal surface of the elevator system final drive control rod in accordance with B-N Group Service Bulletin SB 303 Issue 1. Note: UK CAA Emergency AD G-2004-0011 refers. Compliance: Within 50 hours time in service or one month after 2 June 2004, whichever occurs first. This Airworthiness Directive becomes effective on 2 June 2004. Background: The manufacturer has identified several cases of corroded elevator final drive control rods. If not corrected, corrosion of the internal surface c

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AD (CASA): Eurocopter AS 350

AD/ECUREUIL/99 Lateral Cargo Hold Doors 7/2004 TX Applicability: All EC 130 B4 helicopters. Requirement: Key-lock the centre lock of the left and right lateral cargo hold doors in accordance with paragraph 1.E.2.a of Eurocopter EC 130 Alert Telex No. 04A001. Note: DGAC Emergency AD UF-2004-066 refers. Compliance: Prior to each flight after 14 May 2004. This Airworthiness Directive becomes effective on 14 May 2004. Background: During a flight test at the manufacturer’s facility, the centre lock of the lateral cargo hold door unlatched. Unlocking of the centre lock in flight, combined with aerodynamic loads, could lead to failure of the lateral lock and

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CAF Mustang Down in WI

Rare CAF P-51C Lost In Accident, Pilot 'Serious"

One of the most rare of P-51s, a P-51C adorned in Tuskegee Airmen livery, went down during flights for the Wings of Freedom airshow at Red Wing Municipal airport, MN, on Saturday.

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